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December 16, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Auditor: State universities using credit cards in violation of rules

Employees at three Washington universities used state-issued credit cards in violation of Washington policy, charging $226,583 worth of alcohol, gifts and other items to the cards, according to a report by the state auditor’s office.

The report from the office of State Auditor Troy Kelley was part of a review of the way credit cards are used at the three largest public four-year universities in Washington — the University of Washington, Washington State University and Western Washington University. The audit report found purchases that were not supposed to be charged to state-issued credit cards at all three schools, with the largest amount — $197,265 — at the UW. The UW is also the largest user of state credit cards among the six four-year public schools in Washington.

In a letter responding to the report, UW officials said the purchases were all made for allowable uses, and the only thing in dispute is that they were made with state-issued credit cards.

The UW receives gifts from donors that “can be used to support the University without regard to certain state rules,” the UW wrote. For example, the university uses donor funds to buy alcohol for fundraising events.

According to the report, the three universities used credit cards to purchase more than $164 million in goods and services in the 2012 fiscal year, which ended June 30, 2012. Most of the purchases followed state policy, the auditor’s office found.

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July 8, 2013 at 12:04 PM

Auditor: Ecology employee gave massages to co-workers on state time

A state Department of Ecology employee gave more than 85 hours of free massages to coworkers during workdays last year, according to an audit released Monday. Shannon Cline, who recently left the agency, was attending a massage-therapy school and was required to practice a certain number of hours to obtain a license, according to a state Auditor’s Office…

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December 5, 2011 at 9:23 PM

Audit: State paid $3.8M for missed medical visits

From The Associated Press SEATTLE – A state audit has found the Washington Department of Labor and Industries paid more than $3.8 million between July 2008 and the end of June 2011 for medical exams that never happened. The missed appointments were scheduled by the agency for workers claiming job-related injuries or illnesses. They’re required as part…

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